MAKE THE EFFORT COUNT!
Families who home educate have been making lasting friendships through sport. We are looking to help connect homeschoolers to sports opportunities. Place info about your sport involvement for others to join by contacting: [email protected] or write us with your interest in finding a connection for your athlete.
On this page you will find three kinds of information:
- Public access sports opportunities where MACHS members are enrolled at some level.
- Privately organized homeschool focused sports events. These will be either accepting new players or full to capacity.
- Stories of how a sports opportunity was started and how your group could succeed too.
We have in mind both team/group or individual sports and related events, even places that members of your family hold a season pass or membership would be welcome information.
MACHS HOMESCHOOL FIELD DAY:
Two days of track and field, team sports, camping and fellowship. All ages, nominal fee. August 10-11, 2019. Contact the Lawrensons at: mb[email protected]
In the fall and winter Rob McLeod and several other parents host “homeschool hockey” on Monday afternoons at the Seven Oaks Arena in Garden City. Over the past four years or so, this has been an almost weekly event during the months of September through April. Homeschool hockey provides an opportunity for homeschooled children to have physical activity while improving their hockey skills in an atmosphere that encourages friendly competition. Participation levels have been strong due to the commitment of parents to consistently attend. At present the program is at maximum capacity but if strong growth is envisioned there is a possibility that we could expand the program with an additional ice time slot on Monday afternoons. Alternatively, perhaps other parents in other parts of Winnipeg or elsewhere, could self-organize a convenient time and location for themselves. Currently the cost is $6 per week per child with some basic hockey equipment being required. Typically we receive one hour of ice team per week but on occasional Mondays there is “bonus time”. Children are assigned to a “line” based upon their age and ability. We have found that the children really enjoy this time together. More info can be obtained by emailing me at [email protected].
Hit The Ice Hockey
Public access hockey with parents as coaches. One hour each Saturday per age level 5-18. Located in Sanford arena. Information at: http://mhrd.ca
VOLLEYBALL AND BASKETBALL
We took our two youngest daughters out of school when they were going into grades 4 and 6. One of the difficulties of this decision was remembering how much I had personally enjoyed the team sports in a public school setting. I had coached our older girls in Basketball in the public school system and decided to see if there would be interest from other homeschooled families if I would offer to coach a team of homeschooled girls. There was! We started with VB a few years ago. I put out a facebook post asking for interested people to contact me. I wanted to include both my girls and so I kept the age of the team to that of my girls. There were I believe between 15 and 18 girls that came out for our first go at this. I am a custodian at a church in Steinbach and was able to rent the gym for $35 per use. I decided to go with 10 weeks of 2 hour sessions once a week. This worked well! We meet Wednesdays from 2-4. Volleyball beginning in Sept/Oct and Basketball beginning in Jan. I have moved the age of the girls up with my girls so that my own girls can always be a part of it. There have been requests for boys teams as well as for younger ages. The interest has gone down a bit with age, but we regularly have around 10 come out for the practices. My intent is to train these girls in the skills of the sport, so we do a variety of warm-ups and drills and move into the game. We have also played against school teams occasionally and are happy to see that we can compete with them. I try to be intentional with training and am blessed to see improvement throughout the 10 weeks. The cost has been between $30 and $40 per child. This usually at least covers the cost of the gym use and the purchase of a few balls. Our basketballs are borrowed from the local club team which we are very thankful for!
If anyone is interested, I usually post on the Steinbach and Area Homeschoolers Facebook site at the end of August. Martha.
D&G Archery Ltd, Giroux, MB
(204) 326-6247 familyarchery.org/
Flippers Gymnastics offers specific homeschool classes on Wednesdays.
Revelation Martial Arts: John (204)392-8883
Roseau River Bible Camp has offered swimming lessons end of May-June for afternoon lessons if an instructor is available. 204-427-2445
Lessons held at the Rady JCC facility for homeschoolers are organized for spring and fall. Contact Leanne Regehr Lee by email: [email protected]
Steinbach dance classes led by Tami Tyson: 392-2417. Ages 5-15 (by donation). The dance style for the homeschool classes is up to the group and they are currently preparing for competition this year.
English Country Dance lessons in May in preparation for the Pride and Prejudice Ball June 1 2019. Dress in Regency era costume and have a ball. For info: http://ladyjaneproductions.ca/